Rula Deeb

Environmental Engineer, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

Image of Rula Deeb Dr. Deeb is a Senior Associate at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. focusing on Applied Research, Strategic Consulting and Environmental Services to Counsel. Dr. Deeb.s technical expertise includes the cross-media fate and transport of environmental contaminants. Dr. Deeb.s recent focus on emerging contaminants has promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport and behavior of these compounds (including MTBE and other fuel oxygenates, perchlorate, NDMA, 1,4-dioxane, and others) in natural and treatment environments. Dr. Deeb received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering where her research focused on substrate interactions of gasoline aromatics (mainly benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes) and gasoline oxygenates (mainly, MTBE and ethanol).

Prior to joining Malcolm Pirnie, Dr. Deeb taught environmental engineering principles at Stanford University. As a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, she developed and implemented research programs in collaboration with scientists and engineers at other universities, consulting firms and the U.S. Air Force on the remediation of sites impacted with contaminant mixtures including gasoline aromatics and fuel oxygenates.

Her research has been recognized with awards from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Environment Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Microbiology, American Association of University Women, Air and Waste Management Association and the American Chemical Society. Following teaching assignments at Berkeley and Stanford, Dr. Deeb was selected as a National Science Foundation Engineering Education Scholar for Excellence in Engineering Education. She has prepared over 30 peer-reviewed technical publications and has made over 100 presentations to technical audiences.